Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 12: It Begins With Jesus

​John Paul II knew pain and suffering. He experienced it personally. His mother and father died when he was young, many of his friends were killed during World War II, and he had to live his vocation in a time of oppression, watching his flock deal with injustice on a daily basis.

He knew what it meant to live on the front lines of the Church because he did it himself and helped others do it too.

So how did he do it? How did he bring the light of Christ into the darkness of a world overcome by pain and suffering? What does he tell us made all the difference?

It wasn’t having the right policies in place. It wasn’t having the right political opinions or clever ideas. He tells us that only one thing made the difference: a deep relationship with Jesus Christ.

This is where it all has to begin, because Jesus is the one who transforms the world through us. So we have to turn to Him if we want the world to be transformed.

But what’s the first step? How do we begin with Jesus? Join us next week to take a look at the answer Pope St. John Paull II provides.

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Week 16: Temples of the Spirit

Have you ever lost your keys and ended up searching all over the place? Maybe you even look in the same drawer two or three times? You know they’re around, but they just don’t seem to be anywhere. Well, sometimes this is how it is with God too. We know He is...

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Week 15: One Body in Christ

Critics of the Church often accuse Her of all sorts of scandal, politics, and power struggles. Well, they’re right! The Church today and through the years has been filled with disunity. We can’t pretend these problems haven’t been there in the past or that they don’t...

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Week 14: Children of God

One of our team members was talking to an atheist who said, “I just can't accept a God who is Father.” His earthly dad had been so cruel that he couldn’t bring himself to see God as a good dad. Although the challenge might not always be this intense, even a Catholic...

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